I saw this ant-like insect in Brazil, close to Rio de Janeiro. It was around 2 cm long. I tried to use google's search by image, but no luck. Does any one know the name of the species?

Ant with a amber colored spot on it


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Insects like this are commonly called "velvet ants", but they are wasps, not ants. This insect is in the family Mutillidae, and it's called Hopolocrates cephalotes. (https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/629302-Hoplocrates-cephalotes/browse_photos)


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